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Xóm Ba Lũ

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  • Day47

    Khe Sanh Base & the DMZ

    July 20, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Last night, I went to a local hangout called the DMZ Bar. The ceiling was the map of the Khe Sanh area (the Demilitarized Zone DMZ), and they had the coolest ceiling fan ever: the helicopter marking the location of the air strip. I met some Kiwi and Aussie expats and had a really nice time.

    Today, I'm on an organized tour of the DMZ. We stopped for a picture of the Rockpile. There's only a flag pole on top now, but it was a US radio Outpost for several years. Next was the beginning of one of many Ho Chi Minh Trails, which is now a two-lane highway.

    We just left the remains of Khe Sanh Base. There are a couple of Army helicopters, an Air Force C-130, some recreated bunkers, and a museum dedicated to the might of the North's Liberation Army (Viet Com) and the desperation of the South Vietnamese Army and the US. Most of the pictures of the US men were of them either running towards airlift in an attempt to escape or squatting in bunkers of trenches in fear of the mighty LA. There's one display of seismic intrusion detectors that are labeled US electronic spying devices. I guess the military museums in the US are the same way, but it's still weird.

    Now we're on to lunch, then a 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel used as shelter from the US bombing raids and defoliation efforts.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day15

    Khe Sanh Combat Base

    September 4, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Next we visited the Khe Sanh Combat base the planes, helicopter's and some artillery where left when the Americans pulled out.

    Khe Sanh Combat Base was a United States Marine Corps outpost south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) used during the Vietnam War.

    This is the site of the most famous siege of the American War, the USA’s Khe Sanh Combat Base was never overrun, but saw the bloodiest battle of the war. About 500 Americans, 10,000 North Vietnamese troops and uncounted civilian bystanders died around this remote highland base.

    The 75-day siege of Khe Sanh began on 21 January 1968 with a small-scale assault on the base’s perimeter. As the marines and South Vietnamese rangers braced for a fullscale ground attack, Khe Sanh became the focus of global media attention. It was the cover story for both Newsweek and Life magazines, and made the front pages of countless newspapers around the world. During the next two months the base was subjected to continuous ground attacks and artillery fire, and US aircraft dropped 100,000 tonnes of explosives in its vicinity.

    But the expected attempt to overrun the base never came.

    On 7 April 1968, after heavy fighting, US troops reopened Hwy 9 and linked up with the marines, ending the siege.

    It now seems clear that the siege was an enormous diversion to draw US attention away from the South Vietnamese population centres in preparation for the Tet Offensive, which began a week after the siege started and resulted in the North Vietnamese winning significant ground right around South Vietnam.
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  • Day10

    EMZ Ausflug

    February 24 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Morgens früh starteten wir mit unserem Tourguides in die Entmilitarisierte Zone, kurz EMZ. Dort fand vor gut 50 Jahren der Vietnamkrieg statt. Norden gegen Süden und die Franzosen und Amis waren auch da.
    Wir besuchten die Doc Mieu Fire Base der Amis, wo Flugzeuge, Helikopter, Panzer usw zu sehen sind.Die Reise führte den Highways 1 & 9 entlang, die durch den langen Krieg entstanden sind.
    Später stiegen wir in die Höhlen von den Vinh Moc Tunnels hinunter. Dort versteckte sich ein ganzes Dorf, ca 600 Vietnamesen, vor den Bomben der Amis.
    Gebaut wurden 18 Monate auf 3 Etagen, die Höhe 1.50m. Urs konnte gerademal im Aufenthaltraum einen kurzen Moment gerade stehen 😊
    Sie hatten frisches Wasser und eine natürliche Lüftung. Wirklich ein ausgeklügeltes System.
    Zuletzt noch ein Drachenboot in Hué.
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